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The Certified Public Manager® program is a nationally-recognized leadership development program for public managers and supervisors. It is currently offered in 38 states and by the federal government.
It consists of 32 days of classroom instruction, supplemented by homework assignments and open-book exams. There are 8 four-day courses, known as Levels 1-8. These Levels are typically scheduled every 2-3 months, so most CPM students complete the program in 18-24 months.
The homework assignments and exams supplement the course content and require the student to apply course concepts to themselves and to their agencies. This includes implementing process improvements for their job.
Levels 1 through 4 focus on the fundamentals of leadership and management, with an emphasis on improving one's people skills, team leadership, and improving organizational effectiveness. Levels 5-8 are designed to improve a manager's understanding of complex organizations, large systems, and policy formation.